Purpose:

  • The purpose of this study is to rigorously evaluate the effectiveness of promising and innovative practices for strengthening the pipeline of skilled workers who are prepared to gain or advance in employment in H-1B industries, and to examine program implementation including the use of various funding streams to create sector strategies and develop regional workforce partnerships.

Research Questions:

  • What impact does America's Promise and/or its components have on the outcomes of participants including obtaining: education/training (including tuition-free education); industry-recognized credentials and degrees; relevant skills with job market value; employment and earnings; and employment or advancement within H1-B industries?
  • What are the characteristics of the program participants? To what extent do impacts vary across selected subpopulations?
  • How were regional workforce systems and partnerships built and maintained, including employer engagement in sector strategies and aligning federal resources? What factors influenced the development and maintenance of the systems and partnerships over time?
  • What are the types and combinations of services and approaches provided? How were the components operationalized and the program implemented? What implementation practices appear promising for replication?

Key Components:

  • Implementation and systems change analysis through document reviews, interviews, site visits and surveys.
  • Impact evaluation applying a random assignment protocol, if feasible, and/or a quasi-experimental design among a selection of America’s Promise grantees.

Program Duration: 60 Months

Contract End Date: May 2022

Contractor: Mathematica Policy Research and Social Policy Research Associates

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